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Celebrate National Watermelon Day with this Granita Recipe

Happy National Watermelon Day! To celebrate, I called on Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan who I knew would have the perfect use for this summer fruit. Her recipe for Strawberry Watermelon Granitas is exactly what I want on a hot summer day. A super simple dessert that quenches my thirst, improves my skin, AND satisfies my sweet tooth? That’s definitely something that deserves its own holiday!

Take it away, Lori!

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Jules

Watermelon is in its peak season during August, which is perfect, because the hot summer weather requires a major boost in hydration. And, with its high water content (about 92%), watermelon is the ultimate summer snack. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, which acts as an antioxidant and protects against certain cancers as well as decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

So it’s confirmed! Watermelon is a delicious way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, some initial research indicates foods high in lycopene have a “sunscreen effect,” and may have the ability to improve our skin’s natural SPF. That’s amazing, right?

Here are some more incredible watermelon facts. One cup of watermelon is:
• Less than 50 calories (46 to be exact).
• A good source of vitamin C and potassium.
• Eating watermelon can help reduce puffiness/bloating related to excess salt intake, making it the perfect poolside snack option.
• It’s a GREAT source of Vitamin A (about 40% of daily needs in just one cup)! Vitamin A is important for vision, immune system and fertility. Continue Reading

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Something Blue Smoothie

We may be halfway through the summer, but wedding season is still in full swing! Whether a bride, a groom, or a guest, we all want to look and feel our greatest on the big day. If feeling good inside and out is the goal, it only makes sense to indulge in foods that offer beauty benefits that have a profound effect on our skin, nails, and hair. Bridal Nutritionist Kara Stout specializes in recipes that make you feel even more beautiful than you already are. Whether it’s for the big day or a special event, her Something Blue Smoothie is something for everyone to sip-up before you or your loved one walk down the aisle!

This delicious wedding-inspired smoothie is a nutrition-packed breakfast that is low in sugar, high in protein, and a great source of healthy fats and fiber. We can also sneak in some leafy greens that provide vitamins A, C, E and K, folic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more.

An added bonus: The blueberries contribute to glowing, youthful skin because of the abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals — and the Vitamin C found in blueberries can help with the maintenance and synthesis of collagen. A popular buzzword for good reason, collagen is included in the smoothie as well. Collagen is an abundant protein found in our bodies. However, as we age, our collagen production naturally begins to decrease. On top of that, an unhealthy diet, such as one too high in sugar, or an unhealthy lifestyle, can also lead to a decrease in collagen, which is SO not ideal. Adding collagen peptides into this recipe gives you a head start on your path to healthier hair, skin, and nails.

The Something Blue Smoothie will also boost energy, kickstart your immune system, improve digestion, and contribute to healthy weight loss. What are you waiting for? Get this in your blender now! Continue Reading

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Turn Your Morning Hassle Into Your Morning Hustle With These Quaker Overnight Oats

I’m excited to partner with Quaker to tell you guys about the new Quaker Overnight Oats! They may have just saved the day by making it easy to enjoy a breakfast option with virtually no hassle, so we can focus on our morning hustle. One of my favorite morning meals is a hearty bowl of oats with fruit and nuts. The only thing that ever really stands in my way of whipping it up is the hassle of it when I’ve got stuff to do — whether it’s an early call time on set or just a busy day with friends and family. Pre-making your breakfast the night before never sounds fun, especially after we’ve just cleaned up from dinner — who wants more dirty dishes??

It’s as easy as steep, sleep and eat. Before your pretty head hits the pillow, simply add milk or your non-dairy option of choice to the single serve container. Just stir the mixture and let it steep overnight in the refrigerator. As you rise and shine, reach for your ready-to-enjoy oats. See? No mess, no fuss, just deliciousness!

The blend of 100% whole grain oats and other grains, fruit pieces, quinoa, flaxseed and nuts is everything I could ask for — Blueberry, Banana and Vanilla Bliss and Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection are my current faves. There’s no artificial flavors or added colors, and at 300 calories or less before adding your milk or non-dairy option, Quaker’s Overnight Oats are basically the best thing to ever happen to breakfast!

What could you accomplish with a little extra time in the morning??

Photo credit: Ari Davidson

Recipes

“The One” Peanut Butter Cookie You Need In Your Life

I absolutely love this peanut butter cookie recipe sent to my Ask Jules inbox from Cherie! It’s called “The One” because all the ingredients measure out to one cup or one teaspoon.

It’s not only simple to make, the recipe itself is very clean — especially considering it’s for cookies. “The One” Cookie is gluten free, and if you source your ingredients right, it can also be completely organic.

I’m a fan of the high protein and healthy fats, too. Thanks for sharing, Cherie!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup all natural peanut butter
• 1 cup turbinado or unbleached sugar
• 1 egg (or egg substitute if vegan)
• 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients listed.
3. Roll into small balls.
4. Flatten with a fork.
5. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Deep Dish Delight: A Healthy Take On Chicago’s Famous Pizza

While we were dancing our way through Chicago one thing was on the MOVE Team’s mind: Deep. Dish. Pizza. How could we not dream about the ooey-gooey goodness of a delicious Chicago style pizza pie? I’m constantly seeking out ways to satisfy my cravings as well as my conscious. As the tour bus buzzed by the hundredth pizzeria promising the best slice in town -– I began my search for the unicorn of indulgences: a healthy version of deep-dish deliciousness.

I came across the blog belonging to Chicago-native Ashley, a cookbook author, writer, and photographer behind the website Blissful Basil. Lo and behold, she made the seemingly impossible, possible! The crust calls for cauliflower in lieu of flour and lite mozzarella in place of full-fat cheese. I also like how Ashley added spinach for its healthy benefits.

When I get home, I’m going full veggie by adding broccoli, tomatoes and bell peppers. Continue Reading

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Fresh Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to add some light and fresh recipes into your dinner menu rotation. I’ve asked Lori Zanini to share some more of her delicious and healthy creations with us over the next few months, and I’m so glad we’re starting with this fancy but easy-to-execute recipe for Summer Rolls.

As always, please let me know if you try this at home — I love to see your skills in action!

Ingredients:

For the peanut sauce:
• ½ cup natural peanut butter
• 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp coconut aminos
• 1 tbsp sriracha
• 1 tsp grated ginger
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• ¼ cup canola oil
• ½ cup water

Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined (or blend all ingredients in a food processor). Pour into a small ramekin and set aside.

For the rolls:
• 1 lb wild caught shrimp
• 1 tsp canola oil
• 1 package rice paper (I love BanhTrang brand, if available)
• 1 medium watermelon radish
• 2 cups shredded carrots
• 2 cups julienne cucumbers
• 2 cups shredded white cabbage
• 2 cups thinly chopped romaine lettuce
• 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• Large bowl of room temperature water

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Chocolate Mug Cake with Strawberries

Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out! Continue Reading

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Vegan Taco Salad

When I was sent this week’s challenge for Meatless Monday, I immediately went on the hunt for great meal ideas. I am pretty obsessed with this vegan taco salad with creamy cilantro lime dressing (oh yeah!) from Nutrition By Kara. Not only is Kara’s recipe meatless — it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and has no added sugar. Kara’s a nutritionist, so she knows what she’s talking about when she says it’s full of clean, plant-based protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K.

Ole!

Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients:
• 3/4 bag organic arugula
• ½ 15.25oz can organic corn (no sugar added)
• ½ 15oz can organic black beans
• ½ 3.8oz can sliced black olives
• 1 large handful sliced organic mixed tomatoes
• 1 cubed avocado
• 1 almond flour tortilla (you can find these at Whole Foods)

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:
• 1 cup soaked cashews
• 3½ tbsp olive oil
• 1 lime
• 3 tbsp pure water
• ½ tbsp cilantro leaves
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
• pinch of black pepper

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Mexi-Cauli Rice

I love any side dish that can make your main course seem even more exciting. I also love the way Lori Zanini has created such delicious recipes that never make me feel like I’m missing out because I’m eating healthy.

This Mexi-Cauli Rice recipe is beautiful, tasty and good for you — the recipe trifecta! Plus, it’s a snap to make. Let’s get cooking!

Serves 4 (½ cup each)

Prep Time:: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
• 3 cups cauliflower florets
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ cup diced onions
• 2/3 cup sliced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• Juice of ½ lime
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Continue Reading

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad

I love everything about the way Lori Zanini approaches health and wellness — especially in the kitchen. Her recipes are so fabulous your whole family will be impressed, and so beautiful you’ll feel like a professional chef.

As a registered dietitian, Lori really knows her stuff. She loves helping people discover that eating healthy food doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! Seriously my kind of girl.

I’m excited to share this recipe with you guys, and please let me know if you try it.

This recipe originally appeared in Lori’s cookbook, Eat What You Love Diabetes Cookbook

Serves 4 (2 cups salad + 1 shrimp skewer each)

Prep Time: 15 minutes + 10 minutes to marinate
Cook Time: 10 minutes

FOR THE CROUTONS
• 4 slices high-fiber whole-grain bread
• 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 large garlic clove, peeled and halved

FOR THE SHRIMP
• 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE SALAD
• ¼ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled
• 8 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
• 1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

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